Shivneri is known to be a place of Buddhist power from the 1st century AD. The caves, rock-cut structural design and water system point to presence of habitation from the 1st century. Shivneri Fort is a 17th-century armed fortification located near Junnar in Pune district in Maharashtra, India.
It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराज), the founder of Maratha Empire. Inside the fort is a small temple dedicated to the goddess Shivai Devi, after whom Shivaji was named. At the centre of the fort is a water pond which is called ‘Badami Talav’. To the South of ‘Badami Talav’ are the statues Jijabai and a young Shivaji. In the fort there are two water springs, called Ganges and Yamuna, which have water throughout the year.
Shivneri got its name as it was under the possession of the Yadavas of Devagiri. This fort was mainly used to guard the old trading route from Desh to the port city of Kalyan. The English traveller Fraze visited the fort in 1673 according to his accounts the fort was well-stocked to feed thousand families for seven years.
Shivneri is triangular shape hill fort and has its entrance from the South-west side of the hill. Apart from the main gate there is an entrance to the fort from Eastern side called locally asthe chain gate, where in one has to hold chains to climb up to the fort gate. The fort extends up to 1.6 km with seven spiral well-defended gates. There are mire walls all around the fort. Inside the fort, the major buildings are the prayer hall, a tomb and a mosque. There is an overhanging where executions took place. There are many gates structures protecting this fort. Mana Daravaja is one of the many gates of the fort.
Shivneri is 13.3 Km from Hotel Waykars.
Lenyadri (लेण्याद्री) represents a series of about 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves, located near Junnar in Pune district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Cave 7 is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesha. It is one of the Ashtavinayak shrines, a set of the eight famous Ganesha shrines in Western Maharashtra.
The caves date from between the 1st and 3rd century AD; the Ganesha temple is located in Cave 7 is dated to the 1st century AD, the largest excavation around Junnar, about 100 feet above the plains. It is essentially a Buddhist Vihara in design, an un-pillared hall with 20 cells with unreliable dimensions; 7 on either side and 6 on the back wall. 283 steps built in stone masonry over eight flights lead to the entrance. The steps are believed to represent bodily pleasures, which Ganesha has overcome.
Lenyadri is 12.5 Km form Hotel Waykars.
Ozar is located about 85 km from Pune, off the Pune-Nashik highway and about 9 km north to Narayangaon. Ozar is located in the Junnar taluka of Pune district. Ozar is situated on the banks of Kukadi River close to the Yedagaon dam built on it.
The Vigneshwara Temple or Vighnahar Ganapati Temple of is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom. The temple is one of the Ashtavinayaka, the eight revered shrines of Ganesha in Maharashtra, India. The Ganesha form worshipped here is called Vigneshwara or Vignahar and is associated with the legend of Ganesha defeating Vignasura, the demon of obstacles.
Though Ozar is place to the seventh temple to be visited in the Ashtavinayak tour, pilgrims often visit Ozar fifth, as it is a more suitable route.
Like all Ashtavinayaka shrines, the central Ganesha image is believed to be svayambhu (self-existent), naturally happening in the form of an elephant-faced stone. The central icon of Ganesha faces east and is flanked with self-assurance images of his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi. He has a left-turning stem and is enclosed with sindoor.
The temple celebrates the common festivals associated with Ganesha: Ganesh Chaturthi and Ganesh Jayanti. In addition, a five-day festival starting on Kartik Poornima is also celebrated when the Deepamalas are lit.
Ozer is 11.2 Km Via Otur-Ozar Rd/ or Wafgaon Loni Dhamni Rd from Hotel Waykars.
Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
Pimpalgaon Joge Dam is an earth fill dam on Pushpavati River, a branch of Kukadi River near Junnar, Pune district in the state of Maharashtra in India.
The height of the dam above lowest foundation is 28.6 m (94 ft) while the length is 1,560 m (5,120 ft). The volume content is 2,010 km3 (480 cu mi) and gross storage capacity is 235,520.00 km3 (56,504.25 cu mi).
The dam is located in the Ghod sink and is part of the Kukadi project, which constructed five dams in the region. Other dams included in this project are Yedgaon Dam, Manikdoh Dam, Dimbhe Dam and Wadaj Dam. As of 2010, the annual average rainfall in the catchment area of this dam was 900 mm.
The dam provides water to areas of Otur, Junnar, Narayangaon, Ale Phata and Parner, which are basically grape harvesting areas.
Pimpalgaon Joga dam is 22Km from Hotel Waykars.
Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. The site is nestled in the superior rough hills of the Western Ghats.
The site is home to hundreds of different kinds of plants and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos.
Malshej ghat, with average height of 700 mts is situated in Pune district near the borders of Thane and Ahmednagar districts. Malshej Ghat is known for several types’ avian population and particularly known for flamingoes.
A nice view of valleys is one of the major attractions here. The view from behind the MTDC resort is a must-see. It is also famous for dark woods and the animals inside. These animals include tigers, leopards, rabbits and peacocks etc. But truly a famous place near Malshej Ghat is Khireshwar which is 2/3 km from rest house.
Through Khireshwar village, one can visit the famous Harishchandragadh also. One of the beauties here are many waterfalls in the hilly regions. Various waterfalls from small up to the huge ones are really worth to see and many are right next to the highway.
The monsoon months of August and September are a good time to visit Malshej Ghat, with green hills and exotic flamingos visit this area during monsoon months.
Malshej ghat is located 700 meters above sea level amidst the soaring ranges of the Western Ghats halfway from Mumbai and pune. Ruggedy landscapes heavily forested, laced by many acclaimed rivers and rich in bird and animal’s life, the place attracts those who wish to experience nature’s myriad wonders up close and personal.
Malshej Ghat is 26.9km from Hotel Waykars
Chavand is a hill fortress situated 30 km from the modern-day town of Naryangoan in Junnar Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. The fort, which rises 1,036 meters above sea level, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British upon cordon. This is one of the forts known as the ‘Famous 5’. Chavaand, Hadsar, Shivneri, Jivdhan and Naneghat form the Famous 5 trek. The fort has remnants of construction that are more than 800 years old. Village of Chavandwadi lies at the base of the fort. Under the rule of Shivaji this was known as Prasannagad.
Founder of Nizam Dynasty, Nizam Ahmed was the first Nizamshah who acquired the fort of Chavand after the dissolution of the Bahmanid Empire. The seventh Nizamshah was Burhanshah II. Bahadurshah’s grandson was imprisoned 1594 and was taken away to this fort. Bahadurshah is the nephew of Chandbibi. In 1636, the Mughals got the fort of Chavand by signing a treaty with the Nizams.
Cavand Fort is 28.7km from Hotel Waykars.
Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. During the reign of the Satavahana, the pass was at length used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. Literally, the name nane means “coin” and ghat means “pass”. The name is given because this path was used as a tollbooth to collect toll from traders crossing the hills. The location is ideal for star gazing and star photography.
The Naneghat records have proved very important in establishing the history of the region. Vedic Gods like Yama, Indra, Chandra and Surya are mentioned here. The mention of Samkarsana and Vasudeva indicate the prevalence of Bhagavata form of Hinduism in the Satavahana family.
There is a big stone cut “Pot” meant for collection of the toll from the traders. There are many rock cut water cisterns along the pass. The entire path of the Nane Ghat has stone roadway from top of the hill to the bottom.
Nane Ghat is situated at about 55 km from Kalyan. One can reach the base village Vaishakare by boarding the state transport bus passing through Malshej Ghat. From Vaishakare it is about 1/2 an hour walk along the road to Malshej Ghat to reach the divergence for Nane Ghat. Naneghat offers different beauty in different seasons. In summer and winter, when there are no clouds, views of Jivdhan and Dhakoba are awesome. It can easily be reached by motorable road from Junnar.
Naneghat is 41.1 km from Hotel Waykars
Yedgaon Dam is an earthfill and gravity dam on Kukadi River near Junnar, Pune district in the state of Maharashtra in India.
The height of the dam above its lowest foundation is 29.74 m (97.6 ft) while the length is 4,511 m (14,800 ft). The volume content is 1,004 km3 (241 cu mi) and gross storage capacity is 93,430.00 km3 (22,415.05 cu mi).
The dam is located in the Ghod basin and is part of the Kukadi project, which constructed five dams in the region. Other dams included in this project are Wadaj Dam, Manikdoh Dam, Dimbhe Dam and Pimpalgaon Joge Dam.
Edgaon Dam is 15 Km from Hotel Waykars
Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of India. Its history is connected with that of Malshej Ghat, kothale village and it has played a major role in guarding and controlling the surrounding region.
The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here. The various Puranas like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references about Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in the 6th century, during the rule of Kalachuri dynasty. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves are idols of Lord Vishnu. Great sage Changdev, used to meditate here in the 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of varied cultures here.
To the east of the temple is a well-built lake called “Saptatirtha”. On its bank are temple-like constructions in which there are idols of Lord Vishnu. Recently these idols have been shifted in the caves near the temple of Harishchandreshwar.
Going rightwards of Harishchandreshwar temple, there is the huge cave of Kedareshwar in which there is a big Shiva Linga, which is completely surrounded by water. Its height from the base is five feet, and the water is waist-deep. It is quite difficult to reach the Shiva Linga because the water is ice-cold. There are sculptures carved out here. In the monsoon it is not possible to reach this cave, as a huge stream flows across the way.
Harishchandra Gad is 69.7km From Hotel Waykars.
The name is sourced after Khindeshwar the real name of old temple of Shiva Nageshwar. The name is changed after long way Khindeshwar to Khireshwar. This village is believed 4000 years old as old as Harishchandragad.
This is most important and unavoidable spot on Trans Sahyadri Trek. Main river Pushpavati’s source is believed at the south side col and it flows through Khireshwar and Kolhewadi village’s merges with Kukadi River and 2 big dams Pimpalgaon Joga and Yedgaon.